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Be Brave – Be Kind – Be Grateful


Newsletter 20th May 2020

Dear all,

Mental Health Awareness Week

A subject close to all our hearts here at Fashion-Enter Ltd is mental health, and this week 18th – 24th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF). Each year the Foundation picks a theme and for 2020 it’s ‘kindness.’ During the week carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Take a photo or video (with permission!) and use the hashtags: #KindnessMatters  #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

To find out more about the awareness campaign tap here.

Fashion-Enter Ltd Listed on the NatWest SE100 Index

We are thrilled to announce that Fashion-Enter Ltd has been recognised as one of the Top 100 social enterprises in the NatWest SE100 Index 2020! Fingers crossed as today there will be another announcement regarding who of the finalists have become 2020’s SE100 Social Business Award winners, so keep an eye on SE100 Collection.

Fashion-Enter Ltd CEO Jenny Holloway comments:

“Thank-you Pioneers Post and NatWest S&CC for recognising our hard work – the team is absolutely delighted with the listing. Everyone seems to think that if you are a social enterprise that the business is basically a good doer and funded. It’s true our social ethics guide the complete strategy for the business but we do not receive funding – we have to run efficiently like any other business and be self sustaining. We experience the highs and lows just like all businesses so this news now is very much appreciated.  A big shout out to everyone in the team that has made this possible. Stay safe and stay well everyone.”

Fashion File Trend Prediction Service for All Market Sectors

FashionCapital has joined forces with Fashion File to provide an essential, much-required Trend Forecasting service that will cover all product categories at an affordable price point. Launching 1 June 20 – more info on this exciting collaboration will be revealed in due course.

Fashion-Enter’s Masks & Matching Scrunchies

We have developed a range of masks for children and adults alongside a ‘Back to School’ range of masks and matching scrunchies. The sizing guide is as follows: XS + S – children,

M – women / teenagers and L – Men. To view and buy please tap here.

PPE – Scrubs, Gowns and Masks

Production continues for essential PPE here at Fashion-Enter Factory.

We would also like to give a big shout out to Scrub Hub in Hampstead Heath. Over 60 volunteers who love to sew are making scrubs and gowns to order for NHS staff. This brilliant initiative has hubs set up all over the country tap here to find out more. Here is Caroline Clarke, the Royal Free London’s deputy chief executive wearing a gown.

Image of a Fashion-Enter Production Worker Selected By the Duchess!

When photojournalist Heathcliff O’Malley came to photograph Fashion-Enter Factory staff making PPE for The Daily Telegraph little did we know that one of his images would be selected for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery! The Duchess of Cambridge is working with the NPG on a unique exhibition documenting the reality of the coronavirus crisis and living in lockdown. The exhibition entitled Hold Still is still accepting submissions. Heathcliff’s photograph of Kristyna, supervisor at Fashion-Enter, has been selected as one of the Duchesses favourites! www.npg.org.uk

Lockdown Eases Up

As we enter into a new version of lockdown businesses are starting to prepare to reopen. We are currently looking at the 1st of July for the re-opening of our educational division – the Fashion Technology Academy and the same for the Fashion Studio for sampling and short runs.

ASOS Resumes Orders

This past week we have also started to resume production orders for ASOS, including reprocessing of returns.

Quality Guideline Handbooks

Does anyone really know what ‘quality’ means? As a brand you really do need to know all the details behind your garments so that’s why we have created a set of four handbooks for you to use. We have honed into the exact detail of formal and casual trousers, dresses and blouses, how to measure and also how to conduct a visual quality control review of your garments within a factory. These handbooks provide an excellent way of also communicating with your factory so they understand your exact requirements too. Always eliminate the risk of sampling and production going wrong and be one step ahead.

Each handbook costs £15 plus VAT tap the links below to find out more about the contents and to purchase.

Formal & Casual Bottoms – Quality Guidelines

Woven Tops & Dresses – Quality Guidelines

Womenswear Length Standardisation – Quality Guidelines

Staff News

We have Callum joining us via our graduate trainee scheme. Welcome Callum!

N17 Creative Callings – Seminars & Support

Today we have over 70 individuals registered on our Zoom N17 Creative Callings seminar: How to Manufacture Your Garments Part 1: Sampling & Small Run Production. Next on the agenda is:

How to Manufacture Your Garments Part 2 – Bulk Production and Lean Manufacturing – 27th May

If you have just started or are looking to grow a business in the Tottenham CEZ area, then please get in touch and we will advise on how N17 Creative Callings, supported by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, can help you and your business. Contact Esme: esme@fashion-enter.com

Other Courses Currently Available Include:

Online Pattern Cutting Course with tutor support – ongoing

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass July – 4th July

Meet N17 Creative Callings Member – Negin

When Negin came to the UK she was introduced to the Fashion-Enter Factory and FTA. Keen to start her own business she enrolled and passed in both Sewing & Textiles Level 1 and Perfect Patterns Level 1. Negin comments: “I enjoyed these courses because the teachers were so professional, amazing and had wonderful techniques. I’m really satisfied because they helped me to gain an opportunity for my skills. After one-year I decided to have own my business with their encouragement.”

Negin has now begun her specialist company called Termeh, which specialises in embroidery and hand embellishment services. She is receiving further business support and guidance via the N17 Creative Callings programme.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Looks like summer is already here! Inspired by blooms we have picked out this mint green floral jersey, available now via the FCFabricStudio at £4 per meter.

This Week on FashionCapital…

Earth Month 2020 – Time to work together to take better care of our planet.

Lost in lockdown? Patchion is offering a 50% special offer on patches.

Find out why Zara is leading the way in its approach to fashion production and speed of response.

And Finally….

We have known the artist Alan Friend for many years and alongside his art prints he has now combined his distinctive style with fashion. Click here to view his launch collection of women’s and men’s clothing. We love these neck gaiter’s.

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